Since the NHL trade deadine is in a few weeks, many names have come to my mind as to whom the senators should pursue. Names such as: Derek Roy (an Ottawa native), Brad Boyes, Ryane Clowe, Bobby Ryan and Mike Ribeiro. However, once you look into this list, you find out that either Ottawa does not have what it takes to get the person or does not want to trade what it takes to get them.
I quickly took a look at the standings and realized that the San Jose sharks are slumping. Why not make a trade with them? We could get somebody at a discount. Take a quick look at their roster and you will see: Logan Couture (untouchable), Joe Thornton (too old), Patrick Marleau (too expensive), Joe Pavelski (too expensive), Martin Havlat?! Yes Martin Havlat.
Let's take a quick look at his stats up to now this season.
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As you can see, he's been pretty awful this year for the sharks. He's on pace for 16 points. However, he's demonstrated over his career that he has top notch skill and in my opinion, all he needs is a change of scenery, such as Ottawa!
Now I must say that he can take bad penalties but he levels it out with his good play. He's been playing in a system that doesn't fit his style.
Since he's been producing at a dismall clip, I strongly believe he and his 5 million dollar cap hit could be had at a discount. In my opinion, Greening is the big chip that the Senators could send back the other way. Possibly combine him with Grant and either a 3rd or 4th round pick and it seems pretty fair. A top 9 roster player with speed and potential + a (B) prospect + a 3rd or 4th round pick (3rd if we make the playoffs).
Here's what it would look like:
Ottawa Senators receive:
San Jose Sharks receive:
Conditionnal 3rd round pick
I think Havlat would bring that extra offensive threat that we need and replace greening on the first line left wing spot.
If you have any thoughts or comments post them in the comments section.
Thanks for reading!